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I stopped by the gun store the other day, intent on picking up a new 1911. Actually, I was thinking of getting a Kimber Custom II, because I have some fancy grips that are looking for a new home.

I also looked at a Para 1911, but I was extremely disappointed in the qualiy. The trigger rattled around and it just didn't seem like a Kimber.

Then the owner told me to hold off, because he has a couple of Colt Series 70 pistols coming in- the new versions. So I held off for now.

I'm still thinking of the Kimber though. I'm wondering if the Colt is even worth the money. I do like the high polished blue though.

What would you guys do?
 

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I don't know. The Colts are nice, but don't really have the features I like. I would be getting a Colt just to say I have a Colt. I'm not really sure it's worth the extra money, or the wait.
 

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Some people around here would just buy the Kimber and then, if you like the Colt, buy the Colt too.

Is my jealousy showing?
 

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Look hard..........and Wise!

I had a Series 70 Colt National Match Gold Cup back in the mid-70's. For what it is worth, I don't feel that the Colt even starts to measure up to a Kimber (I have a Custom Stainless II).

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Yes, the finish on a Colt is beautiful, no doubt. However, the craftsmanship of the Kimber far exceeds the Colt. I never had any function problems with either the Colt or my Kimber. Of the two, the Kimber was easily twice as accurate and that is matched up against a supposedly hand fitted Gold Cup, not a standard Series 70.

If I were you, I'd take a look at the Colt, but take a very close inspection of the quality, fit and features and compare that to a Kimber. Given an equal review, you will choose the Kimber over the Colt. BTW, you also pay a lot of money just to have old Sam's name on you pistol. Pay for a great pistol, not a good name!! ;););)

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I don't have shooting experience with the newer Colts either. But in the last years they have reportedly upgraded all there tooling to cnc etc. the fit and finish on most seem to have improved on the ones I have handled. Their ergonomics are not the same as the Kimbers in regards to the higher undercut trigger/front strap or the grip safety in the XSE line up. But this is irrelevant in the series 70 traditional pistols. I do not feel the triggers are as good as Kimbers right from the box. Again. I have no range time with them. My colts are over 25 years old.
 

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I got a chance to shoot one before Christmas, a friend at the range just got it and he asked if I'd like to try it. I went through 3 magazines and even though it looked nice and seemed well made I didn't care for it. I was shooting my Sig Sauer 1911 C3 that day and I felt the Sig was the better gun and my Sig doesn't measure up to any of my Kimbers. I'd suggest you see if you can shoot one before you make up your mind, everybody has different taste, you may like it, personally I'd stick with the Kimber.
 

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I just purchased a new kimber stainless II I had to order it from my local gun shop when they called to tell me it was in I went to pick it up.
When I got there I seen a new full size colt stainless for 75 less than I paid for my kimber. I checked the new colt out and the slide to frame fit seemed loose to me as did the grip safety, I could move the bever tail side to side quite a bit.
I left with my kimber and have no regrets. Just my opinion
 

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If you can find an older Colt, go for it. I have my customized up for sale elsewhere, circa 1976... They are much better than the new ones.


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I find with Colt's you either have the 'purist' owners or those, like Bhunted, that customize them to their liking. I have one colt, in 38 Super, and bought it to have a pure colt example. It was the best of 6 the dealer had at that time and is still loose, but not an overall bad shooter. I went to buy another, to be customized and looked at a Kimber side by side, and as they say, I never looked back.

Of course YMMV
 

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I have two of the new 70's series Colts. They are very nice. The fit and finish on both are perfect. Most standard Kimbers won't come close to the fit and finish on the Colts. The bluing is amazing. I've only fired one of them and it's definitely right there with accuracy on standard Kimber 1911's. However. The sights suck, they're standard "blade sights", no extended beaver tail, standard hammer, heavy trigger pull. There's just something about the buttery smoothness when shooting a Kimber the Colt can't match.
 

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I have a Colt Commander XSE and 4 Kimbers. I like the Colt and think ti is a great gun but it is not cheap. I added night sights and it has no front strap checkering. It does shoot well but doesn't feed Speer Gold Dot. The wood grips loosed every time I shot it and I called CS. They were nice but said it was normal with wood grips. My Raptor doesn't have that issue. I bought so O rings and fixed that problem.

Bottom line is while Colt does make a great gun and mine shoots well I don't think it is better than Kimber. I do think for the money Kimber does give you more.
 
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I have two of the new 70's series Colts. They are very nice. The fit and finish on both are perfect. Most standard Kimbers won't come close to the fit and finish on the Colts. The bluing is amazing. I've only fired one of them and it's definitely right there with accuracy on standard Kimber 1911's. However. The sights suck, they're standard "blade sights", no extended beaver tail, standard hammer, heavy trigger pull. There's just something about the buttery smoothness when shooting a Kimber the Colt can't match.
It's one of the reasons I swapped them out for tritiums. The orig satan nickel slide top blended in with the sights and were hard to see with my old eyes.

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Welcome to the forum from northern Illinois mrdeml, how about stopping by our "New Member Introduction" sub forum and introducing yourself to the membership.
 

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I have had much better luck with the Colts myself. But that is just my experience.
And we all have our own experiences. Thanks for sharing yours and welcome to KT.
 

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I have not bought a new Colt in 20 years so really can not comment on thier current quality. There are times when I feel I should get one, just to have a one. But there really is nothing in thier line up that interest me. Thought about a commander Wiley Clap, but didn't like the safety. As far as production 1911s are concerned I like the offerings from Kimber, Sprinfield Armory and Dan Wesson better. Don't feel I will ever get another Colt unless a super good deal drops in my lap.
 

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My two Series 70 Colt's are from the 70's so I won't know about the new ones.
I plan on getting a Wiley Clapp CCO this year.
 
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